As the title suggests, I’m considering a career change and need some advice choosing a company to get started with.
Here’s my situation. I’ve been in leadership for the past 30 years, but I’ve recently felt that it’s time for a change. I live in East Tennessee currently, but our family is contemplating a move to Central Florida in the next year or two. I’m in relatively good health, but given my age (52), I think mostly no touch freight would be a better choice. Additionally, I would enjoy seeing the entire country, but since I have a family, some home time will be important.
The question is, where do I start? I’ve been considering opportunities with various companies, but I’m discovering that an apples to apples comparison is almost impossible. Who hires new drivers and/or provides a class to get you started?
I’ve been looking at Millis, Werner, Schneider, Prime, and Swift, etc., but who am I missing? Is one company’s pay/benefits package considerably better than another? Thanks in advance as I know this question gets asked a lot.
Considering a Career Change, Where to Start?
Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by glbtrekker, Jul 25, 2022.
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Judge Road Train Member
- Mar 19, 2014
Are you ready?
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Northern Nomad Light Load Member
- Apr 1, 2020
I tell the same thing to people who are thinking about getting a CDL as I do those who are thinking about getting married… don’t.Another Canadian driver, nredfor88 and pumpkinishere Thank this.
Numb Crusty Curmudgeon
- Jan 30, 2012
What does "I’ve been in leadership for the past 30 years," actually mean?
band leader. CEO, or whatsilverspur, Another Canadian driver, pumpkinishere and 1 other person Thank this.
Also -- if you've been in a leadership/management position for a long time, and decide to proceed in the trucking world, anyway--be advised that you may not see the same levels of respect that you saw in your earlier management roles--especially as a beginning driver.
With that said--to minimize the disappointment levels, I would highly encourage you to be extremely careful about which sector(s) of trucking you choose.
Temperature-controlled (aka, "reefer") drivers experience some of the worst levels of treatment. Shippers/receivers will in many cases treat you like a <<<edited for civility>>>.
I don't just speak from second-hand feedback.
Been there, seen that.
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Thanks everyone, through the years I’ve worked in retail/commercial management (paint industry) and ministry. I realize that trucking has its own unique set of challenges, and I’m still considering my options. However, I would still appreciate any insight on companies/divisions to avoid and/or opportunities to pursue. Thanks againAnother Canadian driver, pumpkinishere, austinmike and 1 other person Thank this.
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